Characters / The Blacklist: Reddington's Associates

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WARNING: Only spoilers from the current season (Season 4) are whited out.

     In General 
  • A Father to His Men: Reddington makes it especially clear that if anyone hurts anyone who works for him, they will die.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Many of Reddington's associates lead very innocuous lives. Such as a suburban mother as a counterfeiter.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Many of the people under Reddington have very unusual quirks.
  • Undying Loyalty: Many of Reddington's associates wouldn't hesitate to fight to their last breath to protect him.


    Mr. Kaplan 

"Mr." Kate Kaplan

Played By: Susan Blommaert

Reddington's personal "cleaner" that comes in to scrub crime scenes.
  • Butch Lesbian: Her sexuality is offhandedly referred to in "Dr. James Covington".
  • Clean Up Crew: She works as a professional cleaner for Reddington, disposing of any inconvenient dead bodies. Liz has even started to use her.
  • Consummate Professional: Kaplan is very calm and professional as "he" goes about "his" work.
  • Cool Old Lady/Samus Is a Girl: "Mr." Kaplan is actually a woman.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Deceived Red in order to ensure the safety of Liz and her baby.
  • A Mother to Her Men: When her crew of "cleaners" is killed in Mr Gregory Devry, she is devastated.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Red shoots her after he fully realized that she did help Liz escape on purpose.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Uses one in "Leonard Caul" to take out a couple of assassins masquerading as FBI agents.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Reddington. In "Leonard Caul" when Reddington is seriously wounded and the Cabal's forces are closing in he practically has to force her to flee.

    Luli Zheng 

Luli Zheng
Played By: Deborah S. Craig

Reddington's personal aide and presumed to be the one in charge of handling his finances. She's wanted by law enforcement agencies worldwide for financial crimes tied with Reddington.

    Marvin Gerard 

Marvin Gerard

Played By: Fisher Stevens

  • Amoral Attorney: He's a highly-desired lawyer for all kinds of criminals, including Red. Oh, and he also wound up in prison himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Marvin is irritable, short-tempered and rude. He's still a good man.
  • Papa Wolf: He wound up in prison because he abducted his son to save him from an abusive mother.


Grey/Newton Phillips

Played By: Charles Baker

A mysterious associate of Reddington.
  • The Dragon: Seemed to fill this role for Reddington in general.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was actually present in the very first scene of the pilot, delivering a briefcase to Reddington. However, his appearance was so minor that most viewers didn't even notice. He later showed up at the hospital, having provided Reddington with the means of escape, and was present at the Angel Station Hotel, interviewing Tom when a Russian defector was assassinated.
  • Color Motif: As per his name, he had a thing for grey.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Knows that Reddington will kill him for his betrayal, and is sadly resigned to it, and pleads only that it be made to look like an accident for his wife's sake.
  • Literal-Minded:
    Reddington: (on the phone about a painting) Oh, the blue? The blue looks...
    Grey: ...Blue.
  • The Mole: He's the mole in Reddington's organization. Fitch flipped him by threatening his family.
  • Mysterious Past: While the show has told us Dembe's and Zeng's backstories, Grey remains a complete mystery. Helps that he is still alive...well, until "The Good Samaritan Killer," where Reddington personally executes him for betraying him.
  • Number Two: To Reddington.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always in a nice suit. And he managed to make Navy fatigues look sharp.

    The Cowboy 

"The Cowboy"
Played by: Lance Reddick

Reddington's personal investigator when he needs to check on a lead.
  • Bounty Hunter: His occupation when he wasn't investigating on behalf of Reddington.
  • Brutal Honesty: The Cowboy straight-up tells Reddington he didn't like him.
    The Cowboy: Well, you want me to bring her in, there's gonna be a fee, and it's gonna cost you double.
    Reddington: Oh? Why is that?
    The Cowboy: 'Cause I don't like you. And that hat makes your head look funny.
    Reddington: The pot meets the kettle at last.
  • Character Death: Was executed by Tom Keen after he got too close in his investigation.
  • Jerkass: The Cowboy was rather irritable and grumpy. Notably, he's the only associate of Reddington that didn't like him at all.
  • Nice Hat: He's known for wearing a wide-brimmed black cowboy hat, hence his nickname.
  • No Name Given: His real name was never revealed.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only known as "The Cowboy."



Played By: Bazzel Baz

A Caucasian, white-haired and bearded man who goes with Reddington whenever Dembe is usually not available. He seems to lead a small Special Ops army for Reddington.
  • Badass: The man's no slouch in this department alongside Dembe. His first appearance is leading the strike team (all who look like they were just random people from a suburban neighborhood mind you) that storms Berlin's outpost, handily surprising and defeating Berlin's mercs who were described as being a Badass Evil Army.
  • Badass Army: Leads one.
  • A Father to His Men: He truly cares for the "soldiers" under his command. He takes it pretty hard when any are killed.
  • No Name Given: His name was only mentioned in "The Director: Conclusion".
  • Number Two: To Reddington in case Dembe is not around.



Played By: Hal Ozsan

One of Reddington's mercenaries, who serves as a Cold Sniper. He tails Liz after the death of Agent Malik to make sures she's okay.


Glen Carter
Played by: Clark Middleton

A diminutive employee of the DMV who works for Reddington as a tracker.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Apparently does most of his work from behind a desk at the DMV, but is a very gifted tracker.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Reddington barely tolerates Glen's constant lies and obnoxious personality, but has plenty of use for his tracking skills.
  • Lame Excuse: Apparently tends to throw these out whenever he can't deliver, such as claiming his mother has cancer or that his brother-in-law has Legionnaire's Disease.
  • The Napoleon: It takes some pretty serious balls to mouth back at one of the world's most notorious criminals.
  • Troll: Gets a big kick out of getting Reddington, or anyone, angry. He works at the DMV for this very reason.



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An old man who specializes in enhanced interrogation for Reddington when he's needed. He's always seen with an oxygen tank.

One-Time Appearance


Played by: Dan McCabe

Borakove serves as Reddington's man in sifting through data when traditional means of searching evidence do not work. He leads a small team in charge of IT work as well.

    Emil Dusek 

Emil Dusek
Played by: Jack Dimich

A Czech politician who serves as Reddington's inside man whenever he needs to get something done in the Czech Republic.
  • Bilingual Bonus: He speaks fluent Czech and English.
  • Clear My Name: What he's doing after he stepped down from Czech politics.
  • Frame-Up: What happened to him in "The Kingmaker" courtesy of him.
  • Inside Man: Emil serves as this for Reddington in the Czech Republic.
  • No Party Given: Emil Dusek's politcal party affiliation is not given.
  • Not What It Looks Like: The politician tries to defend himself on television when he was arrested for killing a male escort.